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thavg is in t that of course is in the wake of thursday's massive explosion in san bruno. two people missing since last thursday have been found alive and well. but that still leaves four people still missing and four confirmed dead. tomas roman of kgo in san francisco has details. >> there used to be a house right there. >> i used to look from -- they have very nice deck. i used to look at their house, and now it's not there. >> now it's gone. >> reporter: milla alasz, her husband and three daughters are finally home. the girls tried to coax the rabbit they left behind out of its cage, but it's too terrified to come out. the alasz house was spared from the flames that consumed the three homes directly behind them. milla says she's been frantic since her family escaped the explosion and fire thursday night. >> i didn't sleep. look at my eyes. i move to two hotel. it's like something mentally. i can't stay in one place. it's like -- i want to move
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around. i don't want to stay still. no, i probably get one hour and a half sleep during the whole night. >> reporter: the family is still waiting for pg & e to turn on their gas and power. this view shows the more than 100 residents who are being let back into their san bruno homes in stages. the only people allowed home to stay are those whose homes have green flags. residents are being escorted by dozens of pg&e crews who are turning on power and gas, lighting pilot lights and heaters and stoves. steve hoff is back in his home. he's trying to make sure everything is ready for his family to leave their hotel room and join them. he's concerned that his youngest girls have been badly traumatized by the experience of running out of their house while sirens blared and flames lit up the sky. >> m biggest concern is my 6-year-old and making sure that she's okay and comfortable. she hasn't been sleeping very good the last couple nights. and you know, the -- just small noises and different things. >> reporter: hoff says he wants
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to keep the girls away from the devastation and death just down he says they're too young and fragile to be exposed to these scenes where their playground used to be. second fire in the colorado foothills. the fast-moving fire near loveland has now destroyed at least one home and is now threatening others. it burned about 600 acres, forcing authorities to pull some resources from another fire. that fire in boulder is now about 90% contained. reports say the blaze in boulder may have been started by a fire pit. a big and powerful hurricane is quickly gaining strength in the atlantic. hurricane igor is on the verge of becoming a category 5 storm with winds overnight topping 150 miles an hour. igor is forecast to brush by bermuda early saturday. it is not expected to make landfall. but it could bring rough surf to the east coast and tropical storm julia has now been forming behind igor. and now here's your monday forecast. severe storms with 70-mile-an-hour winds and hail in omaha, kansas city, and
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wichita. scattered showers from new york city into albany, boston, and northern new england. pop-up thunderstorms from miami to orlando. and showers for east texas. >> 93 in dallas and 90 in new new york. 70s from detroit to the twin in fargo. boise will climb to 87. and sacramento is 84 degrees. world record that will put any chala lover in seventh hechb. >> an armenian candy company set a new mouth watering record for the biggest chocolate bar in the the ginormous block of dark chocolate weighed a wopg 9,700 pounds. it was 18 feet wide and -- 18 feet long, rather, and 9 feet wide and 10 inches thick. >> wow. well, the chocolate will be doled out to the public next month in celebration of that company's tenth anniversary. >> i need to know how many calories are in that, but i you go next if you had a
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and and welcome back, everybody. now, we're going to meet the lion whisperer. kevin richardson is a self-taught animal behaviorist who is committed to the welfare of the african lions that are in his care. >> richardson is the host of a new series on national geographic called "lion ranger." and stephanie sy has his story. >> reporter: provoking a 460-pound teenage lion is a very bad idea. >> be nice. be nice, bandit! >> reporter: lion trainer kevin richardson must carefully analyze the dynamic of this lion pride as he introduces two new members, younger cubs named mafumu and vayetsi. >> be nice! >> reporter: kevin richardson takes personal responsibility for all these cats. he helped develop this lion park in south africa five years ago
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for the filming of a movie starring thor, this moody male. five weeks after the cubs mafumu and vayetsi are introduced to their new pride, a tragic discovery. mafum u-turns up dead. and having been separated from other members of the pride for his own safety lonely. he has lost his best friend. as kevin examines mafumu's corpse, he doesn't see evidence that his death was caused by other lions. >> if he was in a fight, any way they're going to kill this guy is in the neck, immediately a suffocating bite. while the others rip him apart. >> reporter: kevin draws another conclusion. >> look at the swelling. i'm thinking puff adder. the tongue swells up, he can't breathe. >> reporter: puff adder snakes are highly venomous, and one bite would have been enough to
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asphyxiate a young lion mafumu's size. >> i don't even know what to say. >> reporter: with mafumu gone, kevin faces another glema, what to do with vayetsi. >> i've worked with lions so long and this lion is clearly missing his brother. it will take some time like it does with people for him to get over it. >> one of our lions is in desperate need of a partner. yeah. he seems a bit lonely. >> i'm 99.9% sure we can help you out. >> reporter: he calls up a nearby lion park to see if there is a club close to vayetsi's age he can schedule a play date with. there are indeed. >> hello, sweetheart. are you coming to a new home? are you coming to meet vayetsi? >> reporter: this time kevin is looking for a lioness companion for vayetsi, likely to be more accommodating around the traumatized male. >> you're quite feisty. >> reporter: he finds the perfect candidate but she has a
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sister and livie and ginnie are a package deal. a middle man to ease the tension. and over a couple weeks he does impress the ladies. >> having seen his happiness has changed over the past couple of weeks, he's completely a relaxed happy lion again. >> reporter: although they also leave their impression on him. ginnie and livie are a naughty handf handful, and their behavior has clearly rubbed off on vayetsi. >> stop that now. >> reporter: playing among themselves is one thing, but kevin easily becomes a chew toy when he gets in the middle. >> stop it! >> what they don't realize is that i'm just a human and i've got very thin skin. >> reporter: in order to establish his place in the pride as the trainer, kevin has to discipline the animals when they get out of hand. >> don't chew me. don't sneak up behind me.
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>> reporter: even after all his efforts -- >> surrounded by lions. >> reporter: -- kevin richardson's relationships with the lions are ever frooj'll and could turn at any moment. it's a risk he's willing to take to help preserve a majestic species. i'm stephanie sy in new york. >> my old job. the skinny's coming up next including a look at the vmas from last night. >> yes. lady gaga. we'll be right back.
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♪ skinny we start off with the vmas. a reminder that you and i are old -- >> yes, it really is. >> because we didn't know a lot of these artists. but chelsea handler was the host, and there was a lot of hype about her especially since there hadn't been a woman who'd done this since '94.
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since roseanne barr. i didn't even remember that she did it. a lot of people, the reviews overall are not that great. people liked her opening, which is how she came into the arena. she dropped down, and it was really a spoof on lady gaga. she had a house on her head. she was obviously playing it up. a lot of people said it took aim at the easiest target, which is lady gaga. so there were some boos for that. but aside from that a lot of people were saying -- you can see the video coming in right now. she hits the ground. >> sorry. that's as far as we got in rehearsal. oh, wait, wait, wait. one more thing. release the doves! >> a lot of people said she was edgy but boring. in case you missed it, she basically had a lot of drinking and drug references. she went after the "jersey shore" kids. but -- >> there was a funny skit with them in a hot tub. i'll give her credit on that. she wasn't too awful. >> i'm going based solely on what other people are saying. these are not my opinions. twitter and things like that, they were not very friendly. but the next morning, the next days after i think sometimes the
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opinions change. >> monday morning quarterbacking today with the show and all that. >> could have dorngs should have done. >> exactly. of course we care about the winners, who went home with all the moon men last night. let's hit the big winners. the big one, video of the year lady gaga took that for "bad romance." huge, huge hit. best new artist went to justin bieber, the young lad who's having quite a year. he performed last night as well. best male video, eminem had a big night last night. he won for "not afraid." and best female video a repeat winner last night gaga again for "bad romance." i think she had 13 nominations. i think a vma record. she had a big night. >> and as you expected, she needed help getting her dress on the stage because she had like a six-inch pair of heels on. >> it was insane. chelsea handler was actually tamer than gaga's real outfit. >> but all in all nothing too exciting. i think there was so much hype leading up to np you can see lindsay lohan.
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that was an opening part of this thing. you saw her quickly. she said you've got to pull it together, handler, nobody will hire an alcoholic. a lot of people laughed about that. the thing people were talking about was this big rivalry between tarl swift and kanye west, was it going to play out, was it not? she had a song a lot of people said seemed was about him. >> it was to me at least my interpretation a song of forgiveness for him, kind of forgiving him. >> of course referencing when he interrupted her last year at the vmas. listen to his song, though, because a lot of people said it addressed his character flaws. this closed the show. ♪ >> so a lot of people are saying that's the end of his pop culture exile. and you should note everyone was chanting "kanye." the only standing ovation of the night. >> i'm surprised they let him close out the show, but they gave him a big spot in the show. we can't say some of those lyrics on the air he said. but basically he said i screwed up, trying to atone for that. as always, never dull.
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an and here are some stories to watch today on abc news. the trial of steven hayes begins in connecticut. hayes was a paroled burglar back in 2007 when he was arrested and charged with a triple homicide during a home invasion. that crime rocked a small town in connecticut. the queen of daytime tv, oprah winfrey, begins her 25th and final season today. the oprah winfrey show, her first guest of the season, actor john travolta. and the final of the men's u.s. open will be completed in queens after being postponed due to rain sunday. number one seeded rafael nadal takes on the number 3 seeded novak djokovic. should be a great match. >> 4:00 eastern time. >> you're ready. >> i figured it out. watch it. >> right. finally, a kinder, gentler rock experience, if you can pay the fierce price. >> concert promoters are luring spectators to what was once a very gritty experience by offering some vip treatment. as dan harris reports, no one
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would call it hard rock. ♪ >> reporter: at woodstock people put up with mud, rain, and general misery. fast forward 41 years to lollapallooza, the three-day music festival in chicago, where for 45,000 bucks you can rent a private cabana with air-conditioning, gourmet food, your own bartender, and a privileged view of lady gaga. >> can you ever imagine being in the crowd ever again? >> i mean, i could. i don't know if i want to imagine. >> reporter: if $45,000 is a little steep, how about 850 bucks for access to a private shaded area with more fancy food, spa treatments -- >> massages today. massages and facials and mini manni-pedis tomorrow and sunday. >> you know, i think rock and roll i think mini mani-pedi. >> reporter: vip treatment seems to be the new big thing in the concert industry.
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for around $950 vips can meet the band kiss and get a boatload of brand gifts. for around $1800 bon jovi fans get special backstage tours. >> this is one probably the most recognizable guitar of jon's. >> reporter: a prime rib dinner. and even a chance to take their seats home with them. and at ozzfest hard-rocking brides and grooms can get the unholy matrimony package for just $2,666. get it? the economy has brought the concert industry down by about 15% this year but even during a recession some people are still willing to pay for star treatment. >> in these economic times it was a sacrifice but well worth it. >> reporter: and if you're an aerosmith fan, their vip package
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mi missed warnings. the residents of last week's deadly gas explosion in california return to what is left of their homes for the first time. >> we don't want to live there, then we just -- >> but all of this had been prevented. then, fallen reminder. the commander in the afghanistan war who carries a daily reminder of the brave men and women he has lost. and the glitz and he glam of the mtv music video awards. >> lady gaga. >> a look at last night's winners and losers. it's monday, september 13th. we're talking about cher making a cameo on the vmas last night. she even said this outfit back in my i da, this was controversial, but it's nothing compared to what you have on tonight. it's really true. >> she didn't have the full head gear that lady gaga has really
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brought in. but cher on her own did turn back time. >> and she still pulled it off. >> i saw her in vegas. she's still great. >> it's impressive. >> she certainly is. well, you'll get all the recap on the vmas this monday morning. thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm rob nelson. to the news now, homeowners are starting to return to the san bruno, california neighborhood that of course was nearly incinerated by that gas explosion on thursday. this morning we've learned that two of the six people missing have turned up alive and well. >> also this morning a document has surfaced showing that the power company had determined three years ago that the gas line was at risk of failure. neal karlinsky is in san bruno. >> reporter: the road home began at the end of this long line in a parking lot filled with hundreds who last saw their homes while escaping the pipeline explosion. they were allowed to return in shifts under tight security and escorts from the utility company to personally start each home's pilot light safely.
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>> if we don't want to live there, then we just get clothes. >> reporter: there was new information that the pipeline was known to be potentially dangerous. in a 2007 document pg&e, which owns the line, said the pipeline "ranks in the top 100 highest risk line sections," adding "the risk of failure at this location is unacceptably high." the document was part of a budget request to replace the line. >> this raise the question of what pg&e knew and when they knew it. and whether better safety procedures could have avoided this horrible tragedy. >> reporter: san bruno's mayor was unaware of the risk asse assessme assessment. >> if that's the case, is that troubling to you? >> the whole thing is troubling to me. >> reporter: you can see the pipe right here that investigators from the ntsb are taking measurements and pictures of. later they'll ship the damaged section of pipe to a lab in washington for metallurgy tests to help determine whether sewer line work in the neighborhood
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could have been a factor. >> that's one of the things the metallurgy examination will help ascertain because we'll be able to determine was the failure of the pipeline due to fatigue or was it because of an impact in the case of construction? >> reporter: even as residents return, more frustration. >> i can't get in. >> reporter: many aren't yet allowed to go back. others who were supposed to be let in were told at the last minute to come back. >> so you came here today thinking you were going home, and now they just told you you can't? >> now they told us we can't. they changed the boundaries out more houses. >> reporter: behind me here is where homeowners have been lined up all day to find out exactly when they can go in. have able to get in with homeowners yet but will be soon. but for the of at least soon. but for the of at least dyed thi fireball, they still have no idea when they'll find out if they have any left. neal karlinsky, abc news, san bruno, california. at least one home has been destroyed in a fast-moving wildfire near loveland, colorado.
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this is the second major fire in the foothills around boulder in the past week. authorities have now imposed a ban on any outdoor fires in the county. the other wildfire in boulder is nearly contained. reports say that one may have been caused by a resident's fire pit. well, this could be the day that sarah shourd's family has been looking forward to for months now. the american woman is expected to come home after being held in iran for more than a year. however, the fate of her fellow americans is still to be determined. >> reporter: tehran's chief prosecutor delivered the news on iranian state television. sarah shourd would soon be released due to her poor health and after paying half a billion dollars in bail. >> we're hopeful and we're encouraged by this news, but there have been stops and starts in this before, and until that actually happens, you know, we're on a wait and see basis. >> reporter: the long ordeal of sarah shourd and her fellow americans, shane bauer and josh fattal, began july 31st, 2009 when they were arrested for allegedly crossing the border from iraq. they were accused of being spies. last may the iranian government allowed a joyful reunion with their mothers. their lawyer had never met them.
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after more than 13 months, he said, it was the first time i could meet with my clients, "and we were together for two to three hours." sarah shourd's expected release is clouded by the continued imprisonment of her two friends, who may soon stand trial for illegally entering the country, an offense punishable by up to ten years behind bars. abc news. there has been a setback in the rescue of those miners trapped deep underground in chile. work on the most advanced of the three tunnels had to be stopped when a drill struck an iron support beam. but officials insist the problem does not alter the rescue timeline. rescuers have opened multiple narrow bore holes to the miners, which they use to pass food, water, oxygen, electricity, mengz, and even cigarettes for them to share. the controversial tax cuts approved by the bush administration will top the attenda today when congressional lawmakers go back to work. the big question here is should those cuts be extended or be allowed to expire at the end of
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the year? a preview. >> reporter: as members of congress get ready to go back to washington get ready for a war on taxes. when pressed on abc news john boehner said he would support middle-class tax relief even if wealthier americans are left out. >> if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for them. >> reporter: but boehner's admission doesn't mean republicans will abandoned fight. they want tax relief for the nation's top income earners as well, a renewal of bush era tax cuts set to expire. the white house is digging in. >> borrowing $700 billion to extend tax cuts that average more than $100,000 a year to millionaires and even -- even billionaires is the least effective bang for the buck we can have. >> reporter: not renewing the bush tax cuts would result in a substantial tax increase for those making more than $250,000. republicans argue that would hurt small businesses. >> why don't we extend these tax -- current tax rates to all
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americans? and get rid of some of the uncertainty that's out there. >> reporter: some democrats have signaled they'll break from party leadership on the issue. even the president's former budget chief wrote an op-ed, saying the political consequences for extending tax cuts for all wage earners is worth it. the battle over tax's is only one fight that's ahead. president obama has proposed new spending to stimulate the economy. leader boehner says it's time to cut spending. taman bradley, abc news, the white house. thousands of tea party members and their supporters turned out for rallies across the country sunday. in sacramento an estimated 4,000 people joined a united to the finish rally, but that was far fewer than the 25,000 to 50,000 crowd that organizers had predicted. in washington, d.c. several thousand people marched from the washington monument to the capitol. one of two men charged in the murder of a connecticut mother and her two daughters goes on trial today. steven hayes had offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, but prosecutors want the death penalty.
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the victims were killed and sexually assaulted during a home invasion. their husband and father, who survived the attack, is expected to testify. for the third year -- >> for the third year in a row -- i'll take this one. bad weather has delayed the men's final at the u.s. open. a steady downpour forced number one seed rafael nadal of spain to wait another day for a shot at completing his collection of grand slam titles. tournament officials postponed the scheduled match between nadal and serbian novak djokovic until this afternoon, and there is more rain on tap for today. i'm secretly happy because now i can watch it. >> that's right. >> i can't believe federer's out, though. that's the big story. >> i know. that makes for better competition, a little upset. as for the rest of the forecast around the country those showers threatening the men's finals will spread as far north as vermont. hail, powerful winds, and flash flooding across nebraska and kansas. rain from dallas to houston, and showers from colorado to mexico.
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the troop surge in afghanistan has now reached its peak. the last of the 30,000 additional u.s. forces were deployed just last week. >> many of those troops were bound for eastern afghanistan, one of the areas where the insurgency is at its strongest. martha raddatz traveled to that front with the commanding general of the u.s. forces there. >> reporter: for two days we traveled with major general john campbell across vast stretches of countryside to some of the most remote and dangerous combat outposts in afghanistan. >> on top of the hilltop is pakistan. they're hit with about ten rounds of indirect fire yesterday. >> reporter: which is why when we hit the landing zone we are told to run. >> fire! >> reporter: general campbell commands more than 30,000 soldiers who see regular and sustained combat. some just rushing back to reload when we arrive. it has been a bloody summer.
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when we visited general campbell in july, he had lost 27 soldiers. >> we've at least doubled what we had before. we're at about 76 right now. >> reporter: so many soldiers that campbell can no longer carry the cards bearing each of their names in just one pocket. >> can you just read one of them? >> commander captain ellery wallace. he was killed just last weekend. had been in country four days. he's got four kids. four small kids. >> reporter: campbell and his soldiers do not expect the violence to ease up with the arrival of the last surge forces. >> where we go where we haven't been, it brings out the enemy, i think. >> reporter: for the soldiers doing the fighting, they see the surge as an opportunity. >> we're going to be able to get into the different towns and cities and get to know the leaders. we're going to be able to push out more and hopefully get the people on our side.
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>> reporter: the soldiers say they have already seen some progress but there is a sense that with the clock ticking in washington the surge is the last real chance for success. >> the time is ripe. we have an opportunity to make a huge difference. >> reporter: and as general campbell knows all too well, whatever difference they make will mean more sacrifice. martha raddatz, abc news, kunar province, afghanistan. >> and we saw so much coverage of the combat mission in iraq winding down, but it's so important for us to remember there is another war that's kind of ramping up in afghanistan. so there's more fatalities to come, more is still going on, and we're not -- far from out of the woods. that story made evident. >> it speaks volumes about that general also, that he's carrying the weight of all of those images, knowing that every day he fights. and we should mention, this has been a particularly deadly summer. 41 soldiers lost since march, including 33 in june and july. so his pockets are getting
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heavier, and i'm sure his heart is as well. >> it's so hard to believe how feels when he looks at those photos and the families he deals with. it's such a hard job in so many ways. it's such a hard job in so many ways. but we'll lighten things oh! blue! i touched the ball before it went out, coach. come on, alex, the ref did not call that! it's the championship game! i touched, it's their ball. don't foul them when they inbound. team! alex! good call.
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sunday night was the star-studded mtv video music awards. lady gaga led the way with 13 nominations. but all eyes this year were certainly on kanye west to see if he would stand up any of the big winners yet again. joining me now with a full recap of last night's show is music and media consultant bruno del gra nado. good morning, bruin poep. >> hi, vinita. >> let's talk about the comedian host chelsea handler. a lot of people were talking about her ahead of time and like you told me she had some pretty big shoes to fill in the sense a woman has not hosted in more than a decade. >> last time a woman hosted the vmas was in 1994 it was roseanne
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barr and look what happened to her career. chelsea was okay overall. she pushed the envelope a little too much. i think a lot of the jokes were above and beyond the mtv audience. the average age is 20. chelsea's 34. so she managed to i think ruffle a couple feathers with snoop dogg and kanye west, but overall it wasn't about her, it was about the music. >> i have to say i did love the open where she came down with the house on her head, like lady gaga. but looking at the internet right now i think a lot of people agree with you there was a little too much. let's talk about the winners, though, let's go from chelsea to the winners because like you said, lady gaga had a huge night. >> it was her night. it's actually lady gaga's world and we all live in it. she won five awards. she was nominated for 13. won five including the biggest one, video of the year. which she dedicated to her fans, those little monsters. it was eminem's night as well. he won two awards, best male and best hip-hop for a song called
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"not afraid," which is one of the best hip-hop songs in many years. and eminem is so powerful and so big right now, vinita, that he actually skipped receiving both awards. that's how powerful the guy is. >> and you were telling me you thought this was a performance everyone should have heard because it was so good. >> yes. absolutely right. ♪ ♪ so starting today i'm breaking out of this cage ♪ ♪ >> so aside from them let's talk about the kanye swift -- kanye swift. they hate that name. tan yeh west, taylor swift rivalry. what happened between the two of them last night? >> the biggest surprise tonight was that there wasn't anything. it was such a letdown. the blogs for the past couple weeks have been salivating about this. kanye-taylor swift rivalry. he was tweeting about it. there was a beautiful ballad. there was some footage of last year's debacle. nothing much. didn't say much about it. and kanye at the end just did -- he let his song speak for him. and nothing really happened.
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it was such a big let dodown, i guess if you will, because everyone was egging on for a major comeback fight from both of them and nothing really happened. >> it almost seems like -- and this is based on what i'm reading, a lot of people thought he was address his character flaws and she seemed woe is me, look at what happened to me and even though it's been a year i'm still thinking about it. >> i think the real fight will be in a couple of weeks when they both release albums around the same time because they're are th mo anti records this fall. pser right next to lady gaga. cher's 65 years old. gaga's 23. she could easily be her mother. but she looked amazing in that outfit that she wore 25 years that video. >> i think it was a reminder to all of us that cher was doing crazy outfits well before lady gaga even dreamt of them. let's talk about lindsay lohan because she if you watched the awar sho right off cooler moment that everybody's going to be talking about
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tomw lisay l poking fun at herself, making thi amazing stab at rehabilitating her career. it started a couple weeks ago with the cover of "vanity fair." she was hilariously funny, poking fun the her drinking problem, at the ankle bracelet. and chelsea, if you've been watching her show, she's been skewering her the past couple weeks. so lindsay was being such a trooper and taking the high road trooper wa amazing.he high road sh great job. >> i also think this year more so than others this tl were some really beautiful performances. there werese and there wereel talented singers we heard from. usher really tort the roof off music. florence and the machine, everybody buzzing about t lady, is g is going to very, big here. she's already big in the uk and in europe. everybody's saying this is the nex big one here in the states. go because i wanted to know out her. safe to say all th people are
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stil partyinus, huh, bruno in. >> absolutely. media consultant bruno del granado. bruno, thank you so much for joining us this morning. ♪ ♪ bad romance
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"world news tonighnow" deli your morning papers. >> this company's come up with what they call eat them like junk food campaign, kind of eating healthy food like you would all the popcorn and chips and the way you eat all the junk stuff. take a look at this. if this would entice you to eat carrots. >> carrots! >> it actually makes me want to eat cheetos. >> they do all this stuff, they show all these action sequences, they have like this hot woman in the commercial eating carrots. all the things to entice you to eat good stuff. i don't know whether that will work or not because people may laugh and think it's corny, but they're making an attempt to get us to eat healthy.
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>> it's all about marketing. so i think that probably will help. speaking of marketing, have you guys heard about this story because so many people are doing it. don't do it. when you leave to go out of town, don't put on your facebook or anywhere leaving to go out of town, we'll be out for ten days, because it's basically like rolling out the red carpet for a burglar. so basically what's happening is that in an area of new hampshire these burglars were checking status updates on facebook and then pillaging the houses of victims who were announcing it on the social network that they weren't at home. they apparently, these three guys, they stole anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000 worth of stolen property. and i know you're wondering how did police actually track them down? it's pretty interesting. they knew that one of the burglars had stolen a specific type of firework, that that was stolen from a victim's home. so they drove around listening to the sound of the fireworks and they apprehended the suspects and all that loot. which that was random.
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but the takeaway here is don't do that. >> you'd think people would know don't advertise you're not going to be there. >> i think people forget because you're on vacation and like having a wonderful time in hawaii and you forget somewhere else on your facebook page you have references to where you live. so don't do that. here's our aw cute little moment of the day. this is a cat, polly, she's ten you a look at this you'll see that actly in a weird thing the word "cat" is actuallyr in her fur through the pattern of her fur. that's jus your cute aw littl we old.us your cute aw littl >> looks like "eat," to be honest. let's just go with cat, though. >> whatever you see is what's right. so we leave you now with -- right.- lafayette, what're you doing? - ( music playing ) i'm not gonna lie. definitely not easy. hey, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa... lafayette: just got to get through the day. how do you stop this? being used to doing something with a cigarette
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he headed home. one of the three americans jailed in iran is set to be released this morning. but what about the other two jailed americans? then, for 86 days oil leaked from bp's broken well. but then the oil seemingly disappeared. where did it all go? and insomniac theater. >> you know me. >> i know the legend. >> a look at the action movie "machete" and the joaquin phoenix movie that has everybody scratching their heads. it's monday september 13th. hey, you like the blood and gore. >> i have to tell you, we listened to you. you guys said how come you didn't review "machete." so we went and i saw it even though it was a dude movie, and i liked it. >> i saw the joaquin phoenix film.
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i will save all of my lovely comments on that little flick for later. >> it sounds like people will be thankful it's limited release. >> awful. awful. i can't say it enough. do not go to the theater. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm vinita nair. an american woman arrested in iran more than a year ago could be on her way home within hours. sarah shourd is expected to be released after posting a half million dollars bail. >> but the news is not so good for her two companions. they could soon go on trial for spying. now here with more is gym sciutto. >> reporter: the welcome news came on iranian state television, iran's chief prosecutor saying sarah shourd would be released due to her health, provided she pay half a million dollars in bail. but he added there's now enough evidence to try shourd and the two other american hikers, josh fattal and shane bauer, for illegally entering the country. their lawyer was allowed to meet them for the first time since their arrest, 14 months ago, saying despite everything they
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were all in high spirits. "i'm hoping to get all of them released on bail," he said. for now, though, shourd will be leaving behind her fiance, shane bauer, and good friend josh fattal. president mahmoud ahmadinejad had personally lobbied for her freedom, only to be scuttled by the judiciary, which first delayed the release and then added the bail demand. >> obviously, we're hopeful and we're encouraged by this news, but there have been stops and starts in this before, and until that actually happens, you know, we're on a wait and see basis. >> she's being released on bail. will she be pressured to return for the trial? >> i'm sure it will weigh heavily on her if they do ask her to come back. nobody wants to think that two people's lives depend on them returning to a country. >> reporter: one thing u.s. officials insist is that any bail money is not coming from the u.s. government. still, shourd's lawyer says the release is likely to happen. jim sciutto, abc news, washington. >> and we'll have the latest on this developing story coming up
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later today on "good morning america." also at abcnews.com. california regulators have ordered pacific gas & electric to inspect its entire natural gas system in the wake of thursday's massive explosion in san bruno. four people are confirmed dead and two of the six people missing have been found alive. and as t.j. winick reports, a few displaced residents are back in their home. >> reporter: those residents not in the devastation area have begun to return. >> beginning at noon residents will go home in stages. >> reporter: they had to present photo i.d.s and receive wrist bands before they were escorted back to their homes. as for those in the devastation area -- >> those residents will not be allowed to go home today. >> reporter: the city manager says they will have to wait at least another day to access what's left of their property. those who do return are being directed to throw away all perishable food items. special bins are being set up around the neighborhood to receive the trash. and the power company pg&e and
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county health officials are providing personnel to answer questions and assure residents that their homes are safe to return to. and what caused the explosion is still a mystery, but investigators aren't only focusing on pipe failure. the ntsb is investigating the people responsible for the flow of gas as well. >> operators. >> drug and alcohol, whether they've been disciplined, whether they've had awards. all the aspects relating to the people involved in operations. >> reporter: and there is the question of more victims. >> we have four confirmed fatalities, and we discovered remains yesterday at a location, and we're in the process of doing forensic testing. >> reporter: the remains may belong to previous victims, or they may be new victims. t.j. winick, abc news. crews are now battling a second wildfire in the colorado foothills. by sundown that fire had destroyed at least one home near loveland and grew to about one square mile. in boulder residents were allowed to return to their burned out homes for the first time since one of the worst
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wildfires in the state's history spread there. there are now reports that blaze may have been started by a resident's fire pit. that means criminal charges in this case could soon be filed. congressional lawmakers go back to work today. the main order of business, what to do about tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, an issue sure to spark some heated debate. tammon bradley has a preview. >> reporter: as members of congress make their way back to washington, get ready for a war over taxes. when pressed on cbs news, house republican leader john boehner admitted he would support middle-class tax relief, even if wealthier americans are left out. >> if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for them. >> reporter: but boehner's admission doesn't mean republicans will abandon the fight. they want tax relief for the nation's top income earners as well, a renewal of bush-era tax cuts set to expire. the white house is digging in. >> borrowing $700 billion to extend tax cuts that average more than $100,000 a year to
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millionaires and even billionaires is the least effective bang for the buck we can have. >> reporter: not renewing the bush tax cuts would result in a substantial tax increase for those making more than $250,000. republicans argued that would hurt small businesses. >> why don't we extend these tax -- current tax rates to all americans and get rid of some of the uncertainty that's out there? >> reporter: some democrats have signaled they'll break from party leadership on the issue. even the president's former budget chief wrote an op-ed saying the political consequences for extending tax cuts for all wage earners is worth it. the battle over taxsize only one fight that's ahead. the president obama has proposed new spending to stimulate the economy. leader boehner says it's time to cut spending. tammon bradley, abc news, the white house. thousands of tea party members and their supporters turned out for rallies across the country sunday. in sacramento an estimated 4,000 people joined a united to the
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finish rally, but that was far fewer than the 25,000 to 50,000 crowd that organizers had predicted. demonstrators called for smaller government and a repeal of the obama health care plan. another monster storm is picking up steam in the atlantic. hurricaningor is packing winds of up to 150 miles per hour, just shy of a category 5 storm. igor is far from land but expected near bermuda sometime saturday morning. it's not forecast to hit the u.s. directly. tropical storm julia is also churning in the atlantic now and could become a hurricane this week. >> busy season. here's your monday forecast. another dreary day here in new york with some light showers, stretching into new england. hail, gusty winds, and flash flooding across nebraska and kansas. showers from dallas to houston. rain south of denver into albuquerque. scattered showers across florida. 80s from miami to baltimore and 75 here in new york. indianapolis is 85. chicago 79. and kansas city 86. the hot 103 in phoenix.
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82 in salt lake city. and 70 in seattle. a champion you might want to keep your distance from after his latest conquest. >> the world's number one competitive eater has lived up to the title once again. he chowed down 47 burritos in just ten minutes at the new mexico state fair over the weekend. now, in case you are doing the math, that is 11 pounds of tortillas, beef, beans, and green chili, all for a grand prize of $1,500. >> another well-known competitor in these kinds of competitions, the black widow, she was nowhere in sight. you might remember she actually beat chestnut in a chicken wings eating contest just last week. 47 burritos. >> $1,500. what? he is way underpaid, joey chestnut. >> you give that to the plumber. we'll be right back with more after this. ♪ gimme ♪ ♪ gimme, gimme more
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and welcome and welcome back, everybody. even though that massive gulf
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oil leak has finally been stopped, lots of questions still remain. >> the biggest mystery, what happened to those millions of gallons of oil? one group of scientists say they know where it is. matt gutman has the story. >> reporter: for 86 days bp's doomed well gushed crude oil into the gulf. over 180 million gallons. 17 exxon valdezes. so where did it go? a noaa study last month said 75% of the oil was scooped up, burned off, or evaporated. now researchers say they have a simpler answer. it sank. >> the oil is not gone. it's just places where nobody's looked for it. there's stuff on the bottom. a lot of it is on the bottom. >> reporter: dr. j oye and her team have been taking core samples of the sea floor. she says they found a field of oil two inches thick spreading as far as 70 miles from the well head. >> we're finding it everywhere that we've looked. >> i wonder if you could pinpoint one thing for us that
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is most worrisome about your findings so far. >> there's nothing living in these cores other than bacteria. i have yet to see a living shrimp, a living worm. nothing. >> reporter: joye, who cautions those findings are preliminary, says if those organisms are affected eventually larger fish and perhaps humans may also be. in a statement the government says it's "working with academic scientists to monitor aggressively where the oil is subsurface." but that hasn't always been the case. in may joye was part of a team featured on this newscast that discovered giant underwater plumes of oil. at first the administration demanded they stop talking about the plumes. ultimately, the government and then bp acknowledged the plumes' existence. >> do you expect to be hounded because of this discovery as well? >> yes. i do. >> reporter: this time also joye says she has more research to do but is convinced the evidence speaks for itself. matt gutman, abc news.
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>> throughout the course of coverage of that oil well we heard so much about that blowout preventer and now we know it was taken to the louisiana facility over the weekend for nasa so they'll really have a chance to finally look at it and try to figure out what went wrong to prevent something in the future from happening again. >> hopefully some werz. another big question. where did all that well go? some of it evaporated some of it eaten by microorganisms. hopefully we'll get some answers to all of that. when we come back, the president's new economic adviser talks about the future of those bush tax cuts. >> the economy once again was a hot topic on the sunday ta /w
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welcome back. well, it is still true what they said back in the '90s, when it comes to elections it is the economy, stupid.
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>> and so with control of congress at stake in the elections that are now just less than two months away, the economy of course is on the top of the agenda on all the sunday talk shows. >> are you saying that no way, no how would you vote for the -- continuing the tax cuts for the folks in the middle class unless it also includes the tax cuts for the people in the upper brackets? in other words, you wouldn't be willing to pass those lower bracket extensions unless you can get the more wealthy -- >> if the only -- if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for them. but i've been making the point now for months that we need to extend all the current rates for all americans if we want to get our economy going again and we want to get jobs in america. >> so you are saying you would vote for the middle-class tax cuts if that's all you can get
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done? >> if that's what we can get done. but i think that's bad policy. i don't think that's going to help our economy. and i think the other thing that has to happen is that we've got to cut spending. if we cut spending, we will help our economy. we will send signals to the markets. we will send signals to the business community that washington's attempting to get its fiscal house in order. >> from all across our world to the heart of our nation's capital, abc's "this week" with christiane amanpour starts now. >> the house minority leader, john boehner, has said that the only -- that he would consider extending the middle-class tax cuts. "if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for it," he said on "face the nation" this morning. what is your reaction to that? >> well, i obviously haven't seen the comments, but i notice the qualifier "if my only choice is."
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if he -- if he's truly saying that we can as the president called for get a broad consensus to extend the middle-class tax cuts, we should do it. >> and he's obviously saying -- >> we shouldn't hold that hostage for the argument about the tax cuts just for the very, very highest income people. so if he is for that, i would be -- i would be happy. in the past we have seen some of these circumstances in which what appears to be the offer of doing the sensible thing in the light of day, there's a little bit of a feeling, well, if the president's for it i'm against it. and then it falls apart. i believe -- i'm not a political expert. i'm just a policy guy. but i believe there is a broad consensus, a middle ground, if you will, that democrats and republicans and business people and workers can agree on to get this -- the economy growing faster and getting people back to work.
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it's exactly what the president tried to do and is trying to emphasize in the policies he outlined this week. and we ought to do that. we ought to come together. ♪ >> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press," with david gregory. >> leader boehner for the republicans, who is saying in an interview that in fact he would support the middle-class tax cuts, the extension of which, which is what the president wants, he said on friday don't hold those hostage. what i'm asking is is there any room to compromise with republicans, to extend even if it's for two years as your formerly departed budget director called for, those on upper income americans, those tax cuts in the bush era? >> there's no one who believes mr. boehner -- they called the last set of tax cuts temporary. they're going to continue. i think we have to assume they're going to keep pushing this -- but let me make one point clear. what we're proposing is a tax
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cut for 100% of americans up to $250,000 of their income. so if you make under $250,000, you get a tax cut on all your income. if you make more than, that you get it up to $250,000. so if you're a millionaire, you'll get what everybody else gets up to $250,000. not the $100,000 a year that mr. boehner wants to give. david, we just can't afford it. and really what we ought to do is, as the president said, we agree on the middle-class tax cuts. let's not hold them hostage while we debate whether we're going to give this very small number of people at the top a tax cut that we can't afford. >> whether boehner's comments that he would support the extension of the middle-class tax cuts will open the door for some kind of compromise in the next few weeks now that they're back from break. >> it was interesting to watch it play out. there was really a war of words. in addition to axelrod you heard from gibbs today and boehner saying what we're doing right now, raising taxsies is wrong.
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♪ we have a new open. >> look at us looking good. >> they had to take out the popcorn that we used to have there because they no longer give us popcorn, if you've been watching. that was too much budgetwise. they got rid of the popcorn. >> it is a recession. yes. we both saw movies this weekend that you could very easily call extreme, very different kinds of extreme, but extreme nonetheless. >> that's right. i saw "machete," or "machete," as you learn to say as you're watching the movie which you asked us to see. it was co-directed by robert rodriguez, the same guy who did el mariachi and spy kids. the movie stars danny trejo, who is ma schett cree. he's a highly skilled federale and he's hired by some unsavory
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types to assassinate a senator. just as he's about to take the shot he notices there's somebody else aiming at him and notices he's been set up. he barely survives the sniper's bullet, and then he is out for revenge. >> they offered me $150,000 to kill the senator. >> look at me. i can get you papers. but you've got to let me bring you in. >> i'm going to find the guy that did this. and bring him to you. >> this movie is so bad it's good. i know that sounds leek a really weird review. but it really has an all-star cast from danny trujillo to don johnson, cheech marin. lindsay lohan is in the movie. you saw jessica alba there. as the name implies there is so much blood in the movie i don't even though how they were -- there's even a shot of somebody rappelling from one floor to another in a building with someone's intestines. 3 1/2 kernels out of 5. and i probably could have given it 4.
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ladies, you may not like this one. >> you like the bloody zuf. you like the violent movies. >> it was so corny i liked it. >> i saw the joaquin phoenix movie "i'm still here," "i'm still there." whatever the name of it was. it was not worth it. i've had bad experiences at the movies two weeks in a row. it's starting to bother me now. basically, if you like watching a hollywood star descend into drugs and hookers and tirades and you like male frontal nudity, you know what? go ahead and check out this movie. this is all for you. and basically, right here it's supposed to be a documentary of his descent. but take a look at the trailer. >> life ace journ >> life's a journey that goes round and round. the end is closest to the beginning. so if it's change you need, relish the journey.
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tax cuts. the controversial bush tax cuts are priority number one as congress gets back to work this week. are republicans ready to make a deal? >> if the only option i have is to vote for those at 250 and below, of course i'm going to do that. then, lion ranger. >> don't chew me. >> a man whose job it is to herd cats, really big ones. and he doesn't hesitate to tell them who's boss. and rocking out in style. >> can you ever imagine being in the crowd ever again? >> i mean, i guess i can. i don't know if i want to ever again. >> we'll take a look at how the accommodations at your favorite rock concerts have changed. it's monday september 13th. i'd imagine it would be sort of hard to have a mosh pit in your cabana. >> yeah. >> i'm sure you could make it work. >> apparently, the whole scene out there has changed. there are massages and gourmet
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food. luxury port-a-potties and all kinds of stuff at a concert. >> luxury and port-a-potty just don't belong in the same sentence now, do they? >> no. we'll see how that works. >> good morning and thanks for being with us on this monday. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm rob nelson. congressional lawmakers return to capitol hill this morning preparing to battle over the bush administration tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of this year. >> the issue has already triggered a war of words between republicans and democrats, but could a compromise now be in the works? david kerley has details. >> reporter: in a week during which you'll hear a lot of this -- >> tax cuts. >> tax cuts. >> tax cut. >> tax cut. >> reporter: -- expect an earful on the bush tax cuts specifically. republicans want to extend them. the president says it's time to let them expire for the rich, those making more than $250,000. and a stunning admission from the top republican in the house. >> if the only option i have is
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to vote for those at 250 and below, of course i'm going to do that. but i think that's bad plicy >> reporter: a nod to the president's plan and a strategic effort to blunt mr. obama's latest attack. >> let me be clear to mr. boehner and everybody else. we should not hold middle-class tax cuts hostage any longer. >> reporter: the president claims letting the cuts on the rich expire will give the government $700 billion to cut the deficit. >> borrowing $700 billion to extend tax cuts that average more than $100,000 a year to millionaires and even billionaires is the least effective bang for the buck we can have. >> reporter: extending the cuts for everyone costs the government $3.7 trillion over ten years. >> what are the odds of the bush tax cuts get extended before election day? >> i'd say the chances are zero that those tax cuts get extended. >> reporter: what we are seeing is a white house worried about john boehner becoming the next speaker. and how would the house operate
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under a speaker boehner? the ohioan has already called for the repeal of the president's health care reform and the financial reform law. so the white house press secretary was quick to point to a "new york times" story. a republican leader tightly bound to lobbyists, including those from wall street. >> so that they can go back to writing the rules themselves. they say we don't need to buy access to mr. boehner, we already have -- >> reporter: mr. boehner has gotten the attention of the white house. press secretary robert gibbs put out a statement late today out a stimel it late today i'm also told by hite that the president will talkingbehn etatement in the coming days. white house. well, the economy will clearly be on the minds of voters in six states and in d.c. when they head to tomorr thest py be the november election -- election, rather. our seiashidito rick klein has a preview. >> reporter: delaware is getting so much attention. a sleepy race in the smallest of states getting so much attention
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at the end because the tea party there could cost republicans the chance to pick up a seat in one of the most democratic states in the country. here christine o'donnell, the te t frh paine o'donnell, the fro she's running a very strong challenge agas thilbe e w tea party takes a big chunk away from thepubance an american woman arrested in iran more than a year ago is todacted to be headino cf3 sarah shourd is to be freed after her $500,000 bail is paid. iranian authorities agreed to the release because of concerns about her health. but now prosecutors say they are preparing to put her two companions, shane bauer and josh fattal, on trial for spying. there has been a setback in the rescue of those miners trapped deep underground in chile. work on the most advanced of the three tunnels had to be stopped when a drill struck an iron support beam. but officials insist the problem does not alter the rescue timeline. rescuers have opened multiple narrow bore holes to the miners,
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which they use to pass them food, water, oxygen, messages, and even cigarettes. california regulators have ordered pacific gas & electric to inspect its entire natural gas system. that of course is in the wake of thursday's massive explosion in san bruno. two people missing since last thursday have been found alive and well. but that still leaves four people still missing and four confirmed dead. tomas roman of kgo in san francisco has details. >> there used to be a house right there. >> i used to look from -- they have very nice deck. i used to look at their house, and now it's not there. >> now it's gone. >> reporter: mila alasz, her gid torter: mila alasz, her rabbit t s caut iterr the alasz house was spared from the flames that consumed the three d them. mila says she's been frantic since her family escaped the explosion and fire th >> i didn't slep. i move to two hotel. it's like something mentally. i can't stay in one place.
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it's like -- i want to move around. i don't want to stay still. no, i probably get one hour and a half sleep during the whole night. >> reporter: the family is still waiting for pg & e to turn on their gas and power. this view shows the more than 100 residents who are being let back into their san bruno homes in stages. the only people allowed home to stay are those whose homes have green flags. yreen flags. dozens of pg&e crews who are turning on power and gas, lighting pilot lights and heaters and stoves. steve hoff is back in his home. he's trying to make sure everything is ready for his family to leave their hotel room and join him. he's concerned that his youngest girls have been badly traumatized by the experience of running out of their house while sirens blared and flames lit up the sky. >> my biggest concern is my 6-year-old and making sure that she's okay and comfortable. she hasn't been sleepiery good the last cou and you know, the -- just small noises and different t evanand dowdifferent t
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the street. he says they're youd fragile to be exposed to se scercf1 us be. crews are now battling a second fire in the colorado foothills. the fast-moving fire near loveland has now destroyed at least one home and is now threatening others. it burned about 600 acres, forcing authorities to pull some resources from another fire. that fire in boulder is now about 90% contained. reports say the blaze in boulder may have been started by a fire pit. a big and powerful hurricane is quickly gaining strength in the atlantic. hurricane igor is on the verge of becoming a category 5 storm with winds overnight topping 150 miles an hour. igor is forecast to brush by miles an hour. igor is forecast to brush by bermuda early saturday. landfall. but it could bring rough surf to the east coast, and tropical storm julia has now been forming behind igor. and now here's your monday forecast. severe storms with 70-mile-an-hour winds and hail in omaha, kansas city, and wichit
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scattered showers from new york city into albany, boston, and northerw pop-up thunderstorms from mia and showers for east texas. >> 93 in dallas and 90 in new orleans. just 64 in bostod 75 70s from detroit to the twin cities and 69 in fargo. boise will climb to 87. portland 78. and sacramento is 84 degrees. well, it is a lip-smacking world record that will put any chocolate lover in seventh heaven. >> an armenian candy company set a new mouth-watering guinness record for the biggest chocolate bar in the world. look at that. the ginormous block of dark chocolate weighed a whopping 9,700 pounds. it was 18 feet wide and 9 feet -- 18 feet long, rather, and 9 feet wide and 10 inches thick. >> wow. well, the chocolate will be doled out to the public next month in celebration of that company's tenth anniversary. >> i need to know how many calories are in that, but i won't ask. >> just a few hundred thousand. >> we'll be right back. ♪ chocolate sundae ♪ sundae chocolate sundae you go next if you had a
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and welcome back, everybody. now we're going to meet the lion whisperer. kevin richardson is a self-taught animal behaviorist who is committed to the welfare of the african lions that are in his care. >> richardson is the host of a new series on national geographic called "lion ranger." and stephanie sy has his story. >> reporter: provoking a 460-pound teenage lion is a very bad idea. >> be nice. be nice, bandit! >> reporter: lion trainer kevin richardson must carefully analyze the dynamic of this lion pride as he introduces two new members, younger cubs named mafumu and vayetsi. >> be nice! >> reporter: kevin richardson takes personal responsibility for all these cats. he helped develop this lion park in south africa five years ago
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for the filming of a movie starring thor, this moody male. five weeks after the cubs mafumu and vayetsi are introduced to their new pride, a tragic discovery. mafumu turns up dead. vayetsi is distraught. and having been separated from other members of the pride for his own safety, lonely. he has lost his best friend. as kevin examines mafumu's corpse, he doesn't see evidence that his death was caused by other lions. >> if he was in a fight, any way they're going to kill this guy is in the neck, immediately a suffocating bite. while the others rip him apart. >> reporter: kevin draws another conclusion. >> look at the swelling. i'm thinking puff adder. the tongue swells up, he can't breathe. >> reporter: puff adder snakes are highly venomous, and one bite would have been enough to
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asphyxiate a young lion mafumu's size. >> i don't even know what to say. >> reporter: with mafumu gone, kevin faces another dilemma, what to do with vayetsi. >> i've worked with lions so long and this lion is clearly missing his brother. it will take some time like it does in people for him to get over it. >> one of our lions is in desperate need of a partner. >> a partner. >> yeah. he seems a bit lonely. >> i'm 99.9% sure we can help you out. >> reporter: he calls up a nearby lion park to see if there is a cub close to vayetsi's age he can schedule a play date with. there are indeed. >> hello, my sweetheart. are you coming to a new home? are you coming to meet vayetsi? >> reporter: this time kevin is looking for a lioness companion for vayetsi, likely to be more accommodating around the traumatized male. >> you're quite feisty. >> reporter: he finds the perfect candidate, but she has a sister and livie and ginnie are
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a package deal. the first meeting is awkward, and kevin is forced to play middle man to ease the tension. and over a couple weeks he does impress the ladies. >> having seen how his happiness has changed over the last couple of weeks, he's completely a relaxed happy lion again. >> reporter: although they also leave their impression on him. ginnie and livie are a naughty handful, and their behavior has clearly rubbed off on vayetsi. >> stop that now. >> reporter: playing among themselves is one thing, but kevin easily becomes a chew toy when he gets in the middle. >> stop it! >> what they don't realize is that i'm just a human and i've got very thin skin. >> reporter: in order to establish his place in the pride as the trainer, kevin has to discipline the animals when they get out of hand. >> don't chew me. don't sneak up behind me.
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>> reporter: even after all his efforts -- >> surrounded by lions. >> reporter: -- kevin richardson's relationships with the lions are ever fragile and could turn at any moment. it's a risk he's willing to take to help preserve a majestic species. i'm stephanie sy in new york. >> my old job. "the skinny's" coming up next including a big look at the vmas from last night. >> yes. lady gaga. she did herself good. lady gaga. she did herself good. we'll be rig thank you dear, very much. thank you. ♪ you make me feel so young.
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny we start off with the vmas. a reminder that you and i are old because -- >> yes, it really is. >> -- we didn't know a lot of these artists. but chelsea handler was the host, and there was a lot of hype about her especially since there hadn't been a woman who'd
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done this since '94. >> that's crazy. >> since roseanne barr. i didn't even remember that she did it. a lot of people, though, the reviews overall are not that great. people liked her opening, which is how she came into basically the arena. she dropped down, and it was really a spoof on lady gaga. she had a house on her head. she was obviously playing it up. a lot of people said it took aim at the easiest target, which is lady gaga. so there were some boos for that. but aside from that a lot of people were saying -- you can see the video coming in right now. i mean, as she sits the ground -- >> sorry. that's as far as we got in rehearsal. oh, wait, wait, wait. one more thing. release the doves! >> a lot of people said she was edgy but boring. in case you missed it, she basically had a lot of drinking and drug references. she went after the "jersey shore" kids. but -- >> there was a funny skit with them in a hot tub. i'll give her credit on that.
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she wasn't too awful. >> i'm going based solely on what other peopayin twa noiend but you know, the next morning, the next days after, i think sometimes the opinions change. >> monday morning quarterbacking daw an > e of course everyone cares about the winners, who went home with all themooe la let's hit the big winners for you. lady gaga took that one home for "bad romance." her huge, huge hit. best new artist went to justin bieber, the young lad who's having quite a year best male video, e he won for "not afraid." and best female video a repeat winner last night gaga again for "bad romance." i think she had like 13 nominations. i think it was a vma record. she had a big night. >> and as you expected, she needed help getting her dress on the stage because she had like a six-inch pair of heels on. >> is in chelsea handler was actually tamer than gaga's real outfit. which is coined of funny. she was dressed wild as always.
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>> but all in all there was nothing too exciting. you can see lindsay lohan. that was an opening part of this thing. you saw her quickly. she said, "you've got to pull it together, handler, nobody will hire an alcoholic." a lot of people laughed about that. the thing people were talking about was this big rivalry between taylor swift and kanye west, was it going to play out, was it ad it ed t hi interpretation a song f forgiveness for him, like kind of forgiving him. intetpvnheng him. because a lot of this closed the show. ♪ ♪ let's have a toast >> so, i mean, a lot of people are saying that's the end of his pop culture exile. and you should note everyone was chanting "kanye." the only standing ovation of the night. >> i'm surprised they let him close out the show, but they gave him a big spot in the show. we can't say some of those lyrics on the air that he said. but basically he was admitting i screwed up but trying to atone for that.
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and here are some stories to watch today on abc news. the trial of steven hayes begins in connecticut. hayes was a paroled burglar back in 2007 when he was arrested and charged with a triple homicide during a home invasion. that crime rocked a small town in connecticut. the queen of daytime tv, oprah winfrey, begins her 25th and final season today of "the oprah winfrey show." her first guest of the season, actor john travolta. and the final of the men's u.s. open will be completed in queens after being postponed due to rain sunday. number one seeded rafael nadal takes on the number three seeded novak djokovic. should be a great match. >> i cannot wait. 4:00 eastern time. >> you're ready. >> i figured it out. watch it. >> right. finally, a kinder, gentler rock experience, if you can pay the fierce price. >> concert promoters are luring spectators to what was once a very gritty experience by
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offering some vip treatment. as dan harris reports, no one would call it hard rock. ♪ >> reporter: at woodstock people put up with mud, rain, and general misery. fast-forward 41 years to lollapallooza, the three-day music festival in chicago, where for 45,000 bucks you can rent a private cabana with air-conditioning, gourmet food, your own bartender, and a privileged view of lady gaga. >> can you ever imagine being in the crowd ever again? >> i mean, i guess i could imagine. i don't know if i want to imagine. >> reporter: if $45,000 is a little steep, how about 850 bucks for access to a private shaded area with more fancy food, spa treatments -- >> massages today. massages and facials and mini mani-pedis tomorrow and sunday. >> you know, when i think rock and roll i think mini mani-pedi. >> reporter: vip treatment seems to be the new big thing in the concert industry. for around $950 vips can meet
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the band kiss and get a boatload of branded gifts. for around $1,800 bon jovi fans get special backstage tours. >> this one is probably the most recognizable guitar of jon's. >> reporter: a prime rib dinner. and even a chance to take their seats home with them. and at ozzfest hard-rocking brides and grooms can get the unholy matrimony package for just $2,666. get it? the sour economy has brought the concert industry down by about 15% this year, but even during a recession some people are still willing to pay for star treatment. >> in these economic times it was a sacrifice but well worth it. >> reporter: and if you're an aerosmith fan, their vip package >> reporter: and if you're an aerosmith fan, their vip package includes a reading from the >> i'm a big believer in the power of we.
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missed warnings. the residents of last week's deadly gas explosion in california return to what is left of their homes for the first time. >> we don't want to live there, then we just get clothes. >> could all of this have been prevented? then, solemn reminder. the commander in the afghanistan war who carries a daily reminder of the brave men and women he has lost. and the glitz and glam of the mtv music video awards. >> lady gaga! >> a look at last night's winners and losers. it's monday september 13th. we're talking about cher making a cameo on the vmas last night. she even said, you know, this outfit back in my day, this was controversial, but it's nothing compared to what you'll have on tonight. it's really true. >> she didn't have the full head gear that lady gaga has really brought in. but cher on her own did turn
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back time. >> and she still pulled it off. >> i saw her in vegas. she's still great. >> it's impressive. >> yeah. she certainly is. well, you'll get all the recap on the vmas this monday morning. thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm rob nelson. to the news now, homeowners are starting to return to the san bruno, california neighborhood that of course was nearly incinerated by that gas explosion on thursday. this morning we've learned that two of the six people missing have turned up alive and well. >> also this morning a document has surfaced showing that the power company had determined three years ago that the gas line was at risk of failure. neal karlinsky is in san bruno. >> reporter: the road home began at the end of this long line in a parking lot filled with hundreds who last saw their homes while escaping the pipeline explosion. they were allowed to return in shifts under tight security and escorts from the utility company to personally start each home's pilot light safely. >> if we don't want to live there, then we just get clothes. >> reporter: there is new information that the pipeline was known to be potentially
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dangerous. in a 2007 document pg&e, which owns the line, said the pipeline "ranks in the top 100 highest risk line sections," adding "the risk of failure at this location is unacceptably high." the document was part of a budget request to replace the line. >> this raises the question of what pg&e knew and when they knew it and whether better safety procedures could have avoided this horrible tragedy. >> reporter: san bruno's mayor was unaware of the risk assessment. >> if that's the case, is that troubling to you? >> the whole thing is troubling to me. >> reporter: you can see the pipe right here that blue investigators from the ntsb are taking measurements and pictures of it. it's the focus of their investigation. later investigators will ship the damaged section of pipe to a lab in washington for metallurgy tests to help determine whether sewer line work in the neighborhood could have been a factor. >> that's one of the things that the metallurgy examination will help ascertain because we'll be able to determine was the failure of the pipeline due to fatigue or was it because of an impact in the case of
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construction? >> reporter: even as residents return, more frustration. >> i can't get in. >> reporter: many aren't yet allowed to go back. others who were supposed to be let in were told at the last minute to come back. >> so you came here today thinking you were going home, and now they just told you you can't? >> now they told us we can't. they changed the boundaries out more houses. >> reporter: behind me here is where homeowners have been lined up all day to find out exactly when they can go in. we have not been able to get in with homeowners yet but will be soon. but for the owners of at least 83 homes that were damaged or destroyed in this fireball, they still have no idea when they'll be allowed to get in there and find out if they have anything left. neal karlinsky, abc news, san bruno, california. at least one home has been destroyed in a fast-moving wildfire near loveland, colorado. this is the second major fire in the foothills around boulder in the past week. authorities have now imposed a ban on any outdoor fires in the county. the other wildfire in boulder is
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nearly contained. reports say that one may have been caused by a resident's fire pit. well, this could be the day that sarah shourd's family has been looking forward to for months now. the american woman is expected to come home after being held in iran for more than a year. however, the fate of her fellow americans is still to be determined. >> reporter: tehran's chief prosecutor delivered the news on iranian state television. sarah shourd would soon be released due to her poor health and after paying half a billion dollars in bail. >> we're hopeful and we're encouraged by this news, but there have been starts and stops in this before and until that actually happens, you know, we're on a wait and see basis. >> reporter: the long ordeal of sarah shourd and her fellow americans, shane bauer and josh fattal, began july 31st, 2009 when they were arrested for allegedly crossing the border from iraq. they were accused of being spies. last may the iranian government allowed a joyful reunion with their mothers. their lawyer had never met them.
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"after more than 13 months," he said, "it was the first time i could meet with my clients, and we were together for two to three hours." sarah shourd's expected release is clouded by the continued imprisonment of her two friends, who may soon stand trial for illegally entering the country, an offense punishable by up to ten years behind bars. abc news. there has been a setback in the rescue of those miners trapped deep underground in chile. work on the most advanced of the three tunnels had to be stopped when a drill struck an iron support beam. but officials insist the problem does not alter the rescue timeline. rescuers have opened multiple narrow bore holes to the miners, which they use to pass food, water, oxygen, electricity, messages, and even cigarettes for them to share. the controversial tax cuts approved by the bush administration will top the agenda today when congressional lawmakers go back to work. the big question here is should those cuts be extended or be allowed to expire at the end of the year?
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tahman bradley has a preview. >> reporter: as members of congress make their way back to washington, get ready for a war over taxes. when pressed on cbs news, house republican leader john boehner admitted he would support middle-class tax relief, even if wealthier americans are left out. >> if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for them. >> reporter: but boehner's admission doesn't mean republicans will abandon the fight. they want tax relief for the nation's top income earners as well, a renewal of bush-era tax cuts set to expire. the white house is digging in. >> borrowing $700 billion to extend tax cuts that average more than $100,000 a year to millionaires and even -- even billionaires is the least effective bang for the buck we can have. >> reporter: not renewing the bush tax cuts would result in a substantial tax increase for those making more than $250,000. republicans argue that would hurt small businesses.
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>> why don't we extend these tax -- current tax rates to all americans? and get rid of some of the uncertainty that's out there. >> reporter: some democrats have signaled they'll break from party leadership on the issue. even the president's former budget chief wrote an op-ed, saying the political consequences for extending tax cuts for all wage earners is worth it. the battle over taxes is only one fight that's ahead. president obama has proposed new spending to stimulate the economy. leader boehner says it's time to cut spending. tahman bradley, abc news, the white house. thousands of tea party members and their supporters turned out for rallies across the country sunday. in sacramento an estimated 4,000 people joined a united to the finish rally, but that was far fewer than the 25,000 to 50,000 crowd that organizers had predicted. in washington, d.c. several thousand people marched from the washington monument to the capitol. one of two men charged in the murder of a connecticut mother and her two daughters goes on trial today. steven hayes had offered to plead guilty in exchange for a
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life sentence, but prosecutors want the death penalty. the victims were killed and sexually assaulted during a home invasion. their husband and father, who survived the attack, is expected to testify. for the third year in a row bad weather has delayed the men's final at the u.s. open. a steady downpour forced number one seed rafael nadal of spain to wait another day for a shot at completing his collection of grand slam titles. tournament officials postponed the scheduled match between nadal and serbian novak djokovic until this afternoon, and there is more rain on tap for today. i'm secretly happy because now i can watch it. >> that's right. >> i can't believe federer's out, though. that's the big story. >> i know. but that makes for better competition, a little upset. as for the rest of the forecast around the country, those showers threatening the men's finals will spread as far north as vermont. hail, powerful winds, and flash flooding across nebraska and kansas. rain from dallas to houston, and showers from colorado to mexico. >> 84 in albuquerque, 93 in colorado springs, and 78 in billings.
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afghanistan has now reached its the troop surge in afghanistan has now reached its peak. the last of the ,000 additional u.s. forces were deployed just last week. >> many of those troops were bound for eastern afghanistan, one of the areas where the insurgency is at its strongest. martha raddatz traveled to that front with the commanding general of the u.s. forces there. >> reporter: for two days we traveled with major general john campbell across vast stretches of countryside to some of the most remote and dangerous combat outposts in afghanistan. >> on top of the hilltop is pakistan. they were hit with about ten rounds of indirect fire yesterday. >> reporter: which is why when we hit the landing zone we are told to run. >> fire! >> reporter: general campbell commands more than 30,000 soldiers who see regular and sustained combat. some just rushing back to reload when we arrive. it has been a bloody summer.
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when we visited general campbell in july, he had lost 27 soldiers. >> well, we've at least doubled what we had before. we're at about 76 right now. >> reporter: so many soldiers that campbell can no longer carry the cards bearing each of their names in just one pocket. >> can you just read one of them? >> this is commander captain ellery wallace. he was killed just last weekend. had been in country four days. he's got four kids. four small kids. so. >> reporter: campbell and his soldiers do not expect the violence to ease up with the arrival of the last surge forces. >> where we go where we haven't been, it brings out the enemy, i think. >> reporter: for the soldiers doing the fighting, they see the surge as an opportunity. >> we're going to be able to get into the different towns and cities and get to know the leaders. we're going to be able to push out more and hopefully get the people on our side.
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>> reporter: the soldiers say they have already seen some progress but there is a sense that with the clock ticking in washington the surge is the last real chance for success. >> the time is ripe. we have an opportunity to make a huge difference. >> reporter: and as general campbell knows all too well, whatever difference they make will mean more sacrifice. martha raddatz, abc news, kunar province, afghanistan. >> and we saw so much coverage of the combat mission in iraq winding down, but it's so important for us to remember there is another war that's kind of ramping up in afghanistan. so there's more fatalities to come, more is still going on, and we're not -- far from out of the woods just yet. that story clearly made that, you know, evident. >> it speaks volumes about that general also, that he's carrying the weight of all of those images, knowing that every day he fights. and we should mention, this has been a particularly deadly summer. 41 soldiers lost since march, including 33 in june and july.
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so his pockets are getting heavier, and i'm sure his heart is as well. >> it's so hard to believe how he feels when he looks at those photos and the families he deals with. it's such a hard job in so many ways. but we'll lighten things up
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sunday night the sunday sunday night was the star-studded mtv video music awards. lady gaga led the way with 13 nominations. but all eyes this year were certainly on kanye west to see if he would stand up any of the big winners yet again. joining me now with a full recap of last night's show is music and media consultant bruno del granado. good morning, bruno. >> hi, vinita. >> so let's talk about the comedian host chelsea handler. a lot of people were talking about her ahead of time, and like you told me she had some pretty big shoes to fill in the sense a woman has not hosted in more than a decade. >> last time a woman hosted the vmas was in 1994, it was roseanne barr, and look what
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happened to her career. chelsea was okay overall. she pushed the envelope a little bit too much. i think a lot of the jokes were above and beyond the mtv audience. the average age is 20. chelsea's 34. so she managed to i think ruffle a couple feathers with snoop dogg and kanye west, but overall it wasn't about her, it was about the music. >> i have to say i did love the open where she came down with the house on her head, like lady gaga. but looking at the internet right now, i think a lot of people agree with you there was a little too much. let's talk about the winners, though, let's go from chelsea to the winners because like you said, lady gaga had a huge night. >> it was her night. it's actually lady gaga's world, and we all live in it. she won five awards. she was nominated for 13. won five including the biggest one, video of the year. which she dedicated to her fans, those little monsters. it was eminem's night as well. he won two awards, best male and best hip-hop for a song called "not afraid," which is one of the best hip-hop songs in many years. and eminem is so powerful and so big right now, vinita, that he
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actually skipped receiving both awards. that's how powerful the guy is. >> and you were telling me you thought this was a performance everyone should have heard because it was so good. >> yes. absolutely right. ♪ ♪ so starting today i'm breaking out of this cage ♪ ♪ >> so aside from them let's talk about the kanye swift -- kanye swift. they hate that name. taylor swift, kanye west rivalry. what happened between the two of them last night? >> the biggest surprise tonight was that there wasn't anything. it was such a letdown. the blogs for the past couple weeks have been salivating about this kanye-taylor swift rivalry. he was tweeting about it. she was rumored to be writing a song about it. but at the end of the day her song was a beautiful ballad. there was some footage of last year's debacle. nothing much. he didn't say much about it. and kanye at the end just did -- he let his song speak for him. and nothing really happened. it was such a big letdown, i guess if you will, because everyone was really egging on for a major comeback fight from both of them and nothing really happened.
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>> it almost seems like -- and this is based on what i'm reading right now, a lot of people thought he seemed like he was addressing his character flaws and she seemed like woe is me, look at what happened to me and even though it's been a year i'm still thinking about it. >> i think the real fight will be in a couple of weeks when they both release albums around the same time because they're both releasing albums and they are the most anticipated records this fall, vinita. but the other big surprise was seeing cher right next to lady gaga. cher's 65 years old. gaga's 23. she could easily be her mother. but she looked amazing in that outfit that she wore 25 years ago when she won her video, for that video. >> i think it was a reminder to all of us that cher was doing crazy outfits well before lady gaga even dreamt of them. let's talk about lindsay lohan because she, if you watched the awards show, was right off the top and she looked great. >> this is going to be the water cooler moment that everybody's going to be talking about tomorrow. lindsay lohan poking fun at herself, making this amazing stab at rehabilitating her career. it started a couple weeks ago
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with the cover of "vanity fair." she was hilariously funny, poking fun at her drinking problem, at the ankle bracelet. and chelsea, if you've been watching her show, she's been skewering lindsay for the past couple weeks. so lindsay was being such a trooper and taking the high road and jabbing her back. it was amazing. she did such a great job. >> i also think this year more so than others there were some really beautiful performances. there were beautiful sets and there were really talented singers we heard from. >> oh, absolutely. i mean, usher really tore the roof off with his dance moves and his music. florence and the machine, everybody's buzzing about this lady, this girl is going to be -- somebody's going to be very, very big here. she's already big in the uk and in europe. but everybody's saying this is the next big one here in the states. >> i certainly have to say after hearing her sing i immediately googled her because i wanted to know more about her. safe to say all these people are still partying besides us, huh, bruno? >> absolutely. >> again, that is music and media consultant bruno del granado.
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bruno, thank you so much for joining us this morning. ♪ ♪ bad romance
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"world news now" delivers your morning papers. first we got the news last week that americans shockingly are not aeth all the fruits and vegetables that we should be eating. so this company's come up with this what they're calling eat them like junk food campaign, kind of eating healthy food like you would all the popcorn and chips and the way you eat all the junk stuff. take a look at this. see if this would entice you to eat carrots. >> carrots! >> it actually makes me want to eat cheetos. >> they do all this stuff, they show all these action sequences, and they have like this hot woman in the commercial eating carrots. all the things to entice you to eat good stuff. i don't know whether that will work or not because people may laugh and think it's corny, but they're making an attempt to get us to eat healthy. >> it's all about marketing.
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so i actually think that probably will help. speaking of marketing, have you guys heard about this story? because so many people are doing it. don't do it. when you leave to go out of town, don't put on your facebook or anywhere leaving to go out of town, we'll be out for ten days, because it's basically like rolling out the red carpet for a burglar. so basically what's happening is that in an area of new hampshire these burglars were checking status updates on facebook and then pillaging the houses of victims who were announcing it on the social network that they weren't at home. they apparently, these three guys, they stole anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000 worth of stolen property. and i know you're wondering how did police actually track them down? it's pretty interesting. they knew that one of the burglars had stolen a specific type of firework, that that was stolen from a victim's home. so they drove around listening to the sound of the fireworks and they apprehended the suspects and all that loot. which that part was random. but the takeaway here is don't do that. >> you'd think people would know
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don't advertise you're not going to be there. you know? >> i think people forget because you're on vacation and like "having a wonderful time in hawaii" and you forget somewhere else on your facebook page you have references to where you live. so don't do that. >> a warning for folks. here's our aw cute little moment of the day. this is a cat, polly, she's ten weeks old. if you take a look at this little picture right here, you'll see that actually in a weird thing the word "cat" is actually written out in her fur through the pattern of her fur. that's just your cute aw l moment of the day. >> aw. >> little polly. ten weeks old. >> looks like "eat," to be honest. let's just go with "cat," though. >> whatever you see is what's right. so we leave you now with -- this is actually really cool. we'll play out on it. we'll play out on it z?
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